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Niedorp (The Netherlands)
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by Jarig Bakker, 1 Aug 2004
adopted 17 Dec 1992; design: A. Wit
Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 11.444; area: 65,54 km². Settlements:
Nieuwe-Niedorp (seat), Barsingerhorn, Haringhuizen, Kolhorn, Lutjewinkel,
Oude-Niedorp, 't Veld, Winkel, Zijdewind.
On 1 Jan 1990 the present municipality of Niedorp was formed by the
merger of the former municipalities of Niedorp and (part of) Barsingerhorn
(Wieringerwaard became part of Anna Paulowna municipality).
A new flag was adopted 17 Dec 1992, described as:
"On a yellow hoist of 1/3 flaglength a red decapitated lion rampant
nailed blue with from the neck three high spouting bloodvessels; the lion
of 4/5 flagsheight; the fly black, charged with a horizontal stripe of
1/3 flagheight, chequy of three horizontal rows of blue and white lozenges;
the bottom charged with a white sword with a yellow hilt, the hilt placed
towards the hoist".
Design: A. Wit of the Stichting Historisch Niedorp; it is derived from
the municipal arms. The decapitated lion reminds of the village of Winkel,
where on the Winkelmadeveld the Count of Holland, Arnulf, was killed in
993 by Frisians.
The sword is from a medieval seal of the "town of Niedorp", and has
been placed on the flag in order not to neglect Oude- and Nieuwe Niedorp.
The chequy stripe reminds of the former municipality of Barsingerhorn.
That is from arms of the Counts of Holland from the Bavarian house, descendents
of Willem, Bastaard of Albrecht van Beieren and Johanna (Aleid) van Hodenpijl,
who were till 1658 lords of Schagen.
Source: Vexilla Nostra #187.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Aug 2004
Niedorp old flag
Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
Niedorp Coat of Arms
from the Niedorp municipal site.
Granted 30 Oct 1990. The heart-shield with a decapitated Hollandish
Lion is a reminder of the battle against the West-Frisians on the Winkelmadevlakte
near the village of Winkel in 993. Arnulf, count of Holland, was killed
in that battle.